By Beverly C. Edmonds, William R. Fernekes

A reference instruction manual at the present prestige of kid's rights through the global, containing an outline of the subject, a chronology, biographical sketches, a listing of agencies and businesses, annotated lists of print and nonprint assets, a thesaurus, and an index.

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At this writing the United States is one of only seven countries worldwide known to have executed juvenile offenders during the period 19801991 (Amnesty International, 1991, 1). Chapter 5 contains significant Supreme Court cases that delineate the relationship between children and the law in the United States. Since the 1960s, children's rights have been expanded by Supreme Court interpretation of the Bill of Rights (see In Re Gault) to include protections that were formerly seen as applying only to adults.

The United Nations has instituted a worldwide campaign against the placing of land mines, which are documented to be one of the most frequent ways children become disabled apart from disease. The United States has ordered a partial ban on the placing of new land mines, and nongovernmental organizations are now campaigning for the total ban. What does society owe children who have experienced any kind of violencearmed conflict, gang-related violence, or even the domestic violence that can result in the child's removal from the home?

Ambassador to the United Nations, Madeline Albright, to sign the Convention on the Rights of the Child until February 1995, thereby honoring the commitment made by Hillary Clinton at the memorial service for UNICEF's James Grant. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is second only to the UN Charter as the most widely adopted UN treaty in history. When the Page 21 United States at last signed the CRC, it took a major step toward joining the international community in making children's rights a priority for action.

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